Monika Masariková, Director of SSPI

Monika Masariková is a Director and Co-Founder of the Slovak Security Policy Institute (SSPI). Previously, she worked at the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, where she was responsible for development projects in the field of internal security. Between 2008 and 2013, she worked in think-tank Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA). In 2011-2014 she also worked as an advisor to the Chairman of the Security and Defence Committee and Special Control Committee for the Control of Activities of the Military Intelligence in the National Council of the Slovak Republic. She is a Master Degree graduate in European Studies and International Relations at the Comenius University in Bratislava and at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She received her PhD degree at the Armed Forces Academy of Gen. Milan Rastislav Štefánik in Liptovský Mikuláš in July 2018. She focuses her research on hybrid threats.

Juraj Krúpa, Security and Defence programme director

Juraj Krúpa worked at the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic where he gained experience with defence policy, crisis management as well as with bilateral and multilateral relations. In years 2013-2016 he worked at the Permanent Delegation of the Slovak Republic to NATO. He holds Doctor of philosophy degree in International Relations, which he obtained at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica. He graduated in program on Advance Terrorism Studies at George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany as well as in Program on Security at the Asian-Pacific area at the PLA National Defence University in Beijing. He speaks fluently English, German and French.

Jaroslav Naď, co-founder of SSPI

Jaroslav Naď was the Director of Slovak Security Policy Institute (SSPI) until November 2018. Previously (2014-2015) he worked at the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) as a program analyst of security and defence policy and at the same time as Deputy Director of Globsec, of which was CEPI a member. From 2003 to 2013 he held various positions within Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, including the Defence Policy Director position with overseeing the creation of strategic documents and plans, legislative activities of MoD and international crisis management operations. Later he also held a position of a Head of defence department of Permanent Delegation of the Slovak Republic to NATO. Prior to the joining of MoD, Jaroslav was active in NGOs Slovak Foreign Policy Association and Euro-Atlantic Center. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Matej Bel in Banská Bystrica as well as from specialized courses at the George C. Marshall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany and the European Security and Defence College in Brussels. Jaroslav received his PhD. degree at the Armed Forces Academy of Gen. Milan Rastislav Štefánik in Liptovský Mikuláš in July 2018.

Marian Majer, co-founder of SSPI

Marian Majer is a co-founder of the portal Cybersec.sk and the Slovak Security Policy Institute (SSPI), which operates the portal. Marian currently acts as Director of the Office of the Secretary of State and as the Advisor to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic. He led SSPI in years 2015-2016. Previously Marian worked at the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI), where he was a Director of the programme for security and defence policy for two years. Between 2012 and 2014 he was a researcher of the Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs. From 2004 to 2012 Marian held various positions at the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic including the position of Defence Policy Director (2012) and General Inspector (2010-2011). He started his professional career as a journalist in television TA3 (2001) and the daily SME (2002-2004), where he worked as an editor for foreign news. Marian studied history and political science at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, where he also earned his PhD. Degree in Theory of Politics. He also graduated from several foreign study courses in Germany, Italy and the Great Britain. At present, he also serves as a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava.

Viliam Kaliňák, Editor-in-chief of the Portal Cybersec.sk

Viliam is the editor-in-chief of the portal Cybersec.sk. He specializes in an international cybercriminality. He currently studies International Relations and Security and Strategic Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno. Viliam cooperated with think-tanks, such as Globsec, Stratpol and European Values. He is fluent in English and has basic communication skills in Spanish and Ukrainian language.

Petra Rendková, Associate Fellow

Petra is a PhD candidate of the Department of Political Science at Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín. She focuses in her research on the field of extremism and crisis management in public administration. She is the author of specialist and scientific articles from many fields of research from political science. During her studies, she organized professional discussions with Slovak students at universities – topics such as of education in Slovakia and the causes increase of extremism among young people. She is currently in charge of the project in Slovak Security Policy Institute (SSPI): „Nenaleť: dezinfo a extrém“ (e-learning program) for teachers and their students. Since 2017 she has been a member of the KEGA project team no. 003TnUAD-4/2018, which deals with the Innovation of methodical sheets for teachers of civics from the need of prevention of extremism manifestation and education towards democratic society point of view.